Ada’s Love Letters: #5 (Nov. 15 1873)
I thought it might be time to share another letter from William to his beloved Ada. (You can see all of the letters here, just scroll to the bottom to find the first one.)
This is the last letter Ada saved from him for quite a while. The next letter is dated 1876. There’s no record of what passed during those years between 1873 and 1876, but by the next letter you can tell a lot has changed between them.
This letter is kind of funny. William hopes Ada won’t “get out of the notion” of wanting to marry him, and once again he laments that he hasn’t gotten another letter from her. (We are so spoiled in the age of cell phones, and text messages, and instant communication!)
Russell Station Ohio
Saturday Nov 15th 1873
I guess you want care much if I write an other letter before I get an answer from you. Maybe I will not get one for a week or so yet but I hope I will get one soon.
Well Ada, John told me that they have got the word down where he teaches that we are married. I don’t know anything about it do you? I guess they thought we were to be married this fall and it is getting late now and they just imagined that we are married. Well I would not care if we were. It would be so nice Ada to have you with me all the time. But the time is coming Ada when I can have you with me if you don’t get out of the notion. You must not get out of the notion Ada. I’m sure I won’t. No body could persuade me to get out of the notion by no means and I don’t think you will get out of the notion Ada.
Two weeks ago to day I went to see you. I wish I could be with you to night again. I would be if you lived in Danville yet. We had some good times last winter but this winter we will not be together so much and will have to make our good times in writing letters this winter, but next winter will be better than all don’t you think Ada? Jane Penee & Anda are not married yet.
I got home all right that Sunday evening. It did not rain as much as I thought it would when I left you. Supper was just over when I got home. Father asked me how all the folks were in Petersburg when I come home. I told him they were all well.
Have you learned that song yet? But I guess you can’t do much with it unless you had the music. I wish you could sing it, it’s so nice I think. The tune is so nice. I’m going to send for the answer to it before long called Birdie Go Tell Him I’m Coming. I will copy it off and send it to you when I get it.
Well Ada I guess I close for this time and wait until I get an answer from you. I believe I have told you all the news. I don’t think I have forgot any this time. I would like to tell you but I can’t do it well as I can talk at it, that is all, but you know that I love you and if I have your love I’m all right, and I don’t doubt that Ada for I believe what you say.
From your Will, to Ada
I’ve tried to look up Birde Go Tell Him I’m Coming, and I can only find one solitary search hit on google. It’s this link to purchase a waltz for $25 in the amazon.com used book section. It has no picture and no further information past the title and date. How strange that there would be no record of this anywhere else on the internet! I’m so curious, but I don’t have $25 to buy it. If anyone has any further info on this song then please do share!